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Wonderful gardens, large pool with the most lovely views to the wooded valley. Paradise! Jo and Jean Marc were kind and charming hosts and were very helpful in suggesting intéresting local events and places to visit eg brocantes, music recitals and pretty ancient villages. We will definitntly be returning, as it is both restful and yet offers so much to see and do both very locally and within a 1-1.5 hour drive., including the Cote d’Azur and the Gorge du Verdon.
We had a very nice week staying at this property new Draguignan at the end of July/beginning of August. The property has three double rooms and two bathrooms, and so had more than enough room for our party of five adults. There is plenty of living space, both inside and outside, and a well equipped kitchen.
The pool was a lovely temperature, and was perfect for cooling down in! There are very few other properties nearby, and so it is very quiet and relaxing, particularly at night.
There is plenty to do nearby. Christine (who was there to meet us on arrival) is very knowledgeable about the area, speaks decent English and is more than happy to help out with local info.
For example, there are lots of Provencal villages to visit and also the Lac de Sainte-Croix and Gorge du Verdon around an hour away. The coast isn't too far away either, but very busy in Jul/Aug.
There are a supermarkets for groceries (mainly wine, beer and cheese in our case!) in Draguignan, Les Arcs and other towns in the area. Lots of vineyards too for more wine!
Plenty of places for lunch dinner. We had a particularly delicious lunch at L'Abbaye de La Celle near Brignoles (though beware - it isn't cheap).
A few things to bear in mind.
- In the evenings, in particular, there are lot of mosquitoes outside, particularly the pool. Bring repellent and think about covering up!
- It does get very hot, so be prepared for feeling rather warm at night...
- There is a modest cleaning/laundry charge (110 EUR cleaning for property, 10 EUR per person for sheets/towels, so 160 EUR for our group of 5) directly payable in cash to the owner. It is mentioned in the property details on the Home and Away website, but we missed it initially so is worth factoring into the total cost when you book.
Overall, we would definitely recommend staying at this property if you are after a relaxing break in a beautiful part of Provence!